Dynamic Washington, D.C., nonprofit association specializing in food safety and nutrition communications seeks a Manager, Media Communications.  Key requirements include strong written and editorial skills, strong interpersonal and communication skills, ability to understand complex scientific information and translate into clear layman's language, ability to work independently and with moderate levels of direction, 2 years’ experience in public relations, journalism, or communications.  College degree, with a preference in journalism/communications/public relations or food/nutrition/science fields.

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•    Monitor and report on traditional media content and support staff with content monitoring responsibilities.
•    Assist with organization’s social media goals, including implementation of projects and strategy development.
•    Manage interns and/or other staff assigned to support communication (including website and media) activities, such that work is accomplished in a professional and timely manner.
•    Coordinate project-specific campaigns for key programs, special projects, and initiatives.
•    Interact with external communications/media vendors, or others (such as graphic designers) who may be engaged on a contractual or consultative basis.
•    Develop and maintain an effective network of contacts and share consumer insights with key stakeholders.
•    Coordinate timely responses to media inquiries and requests for information, provide referrals as necessary, contact and distribute content to journalists (such as press releases).
•    Maintain and regularly update database and online directory of outside subject-matter experts.
•    Perform other duties as assigned.

Background Required:

•    2 years’ experience in public relations, journalism, or communications 
•    Strong written and editorial skills
•    Strong interpersonal and communication skills
•    Ability to work independently and with moderate levels of direction
•    Ability to understand complex scientific information and translate into clear layman's language
•    College degree, with a preference in journalism/communications/public relations or food/nutrition/science fields



Attention university students interested in nutrition and food safety communications! Applications for the 2015 International Food Information Council Foundation Sylvia Rowe Fellowship are currently being accepted. The recipient will be awarded a six to 12 week paid internship at the IFIC Foundation offices in Washington, DC.

The Sylvia Rowe Fellowship Award was established as a tribute to the former IFIC and International Food Information Council Foundation President & CEO, Sylvia B. Rowe, to help promising nutrition and food safety communicators enhance their capabilities. The goal of this award is to develop the recipient's ability to communicate science-based nutrition and food safety information to the public in an academic setting, professional situation (either for-profit or nonprofit sector), or other public venues.

Recipients of the fellowship, which has been offered since 2008, have continued forth with careers in a variety of business and food industry organizations and academic institutions. The most recent Sylvia Rowe Fellow, 2014 recipient Kate Olender, is a MS/MPH candidate in Food Policy & Applied Nutrition from Tufts University. Ms. Olender says, “The Sylvia Rowe Fellowship helped me better understand the complexities and intricacies of our food system. With this knowledge, I am better able to speak and communicate intelligently about it, and to work with a variety of key influencers of our food system, including people from food manufacturing companies, food retail outlets, non-profits, government, and academia.”

To Apply:

Prospective applicants must be currently enrolled in or recently graduated (within 12 months from the time of application) from a university undergraduate or graduate program in nutrition, food safety, and/or journalism/communications. (Graduate students or recent graduates are preferred.) Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States.

More information about the fellowship, as well as the application packet, can be found on the website, here.

All materials are due by Friday, January 30, 2015.  Applicants will be notified by Friday, March 6, 2015.

E-mail (preferred) or mail the complete application packet to:

Sylvia Rowe Fellowship Award
c/o Jason Pelzel
International Food Information Council Foundation
1100 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 430
Washington, DC  20036



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